Unfortunately, the New York Islanders aren't the only club within their system to struggle right now. The AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers are last in their division and winless in six, coming off a frustrating weekend marked by one one-goal loss and two shootout losses.
Saturday it was a 2-1 (shootout) with Worcester, Reiter making 37 saves and Dallas Jackson scoring the lone real goal. [BST] Soundin' Off has more, including a faceoff note we'll dig into more later In the Post, Scott Pellerin sounded familiar: "We're in a gray area," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "We're happy with a lot of things, but it's not where I think our team should be."
Yesterday afternoon, the Sound Tigers took a 2-0 lead on St. John's in Parker Milner's first AHL start, but they ultimately lost 4-3. Johan Sundstrom, Anders Lee, and Calvin de Haan had the goals. [BST] Tough break for Milner, long time between goals for CDH. [Soundin' Off] Penalties were a problem, while Milner discussed his debut. [Post]
Here is how they were lining up:
9 Anders Lee-18 Ryan Strome-26 Mike Halmo
39 Joey Diamond-28 Johan Sundstrom-77 Kirill Kabanov
17 Nick Larson-22 Alan Quine-19 Riley Wetmore
44 Brett Gallant-54 Chris Langkow-16 Chris Bruton
12 Calvin de Haan-15 Marc Cantin
21 Dallas Jackson-4 Mike Cornell
10 Scott Mayfield-5 Mike Keenan
NCAA: Goalie Williams Struggles at Minnesota State
Further down the pipeline, one particular NCAA prospect update to pass along:
In an all-too-typical tale of how things go for the Islanders' unending search for goalies, one of the goalies they drafted last summer was WCHA Rookie and Goalie of the Year last year. But Stephon Williams is in danger of losing his job to a freshman this year. He was off to an awful start, though his replacement was having a tough time too. How very Islanders.